To Trayvon, on the occasion of your 24th birthday

Today would have been Trayvon Martin’s 24th birthday.

He was 17 when he was shot, unarmed, by a man who was eventually tried for and acquitted of his murder on the basis of Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” or “castle defense” laws.

Trayvon Martin’s death and the subsequent miscarriage of justice around his murderer broke me. I have bipolar, and it didn’t help that I was in the middle of what could colloquially be termed a “nervous breakdown;” all I could think is there but for the grace of God go my…